Nga Tohu

In 1840 more than 500 chiefs signed the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document. Ngā Tohu, when complete, will contain a biographical sketch of each signatory.


SignatureSheetSigned asProbable nameTribeHapūSigning Occasion
167Sheet 1 — The Waitangi SheetWilliam KorokoroWilliam KorokoroNgāpuhi, Ngāti Wai, Te ParawhauNgai Tāwake, Te Kapotai, Ngare RaumatiKaraka Bay 4 March 1840

William Korokoro signed the Treaty of Waitangi on 4 March 1840 at Karaka Bay, Tāmaki (Auckland). He was from Pāroa.

William Korokoro, also known as Kouwai, was the eldest son of Korokoro.

Mīria Simpson notes, ‘It seems that the witness wrote the Christian name, William, and the signatory wrote Korokoro. He was the chief of Te Parawhau. His younger brother, Te Rangi signed as Kawakawa in July.’ [1]

[1] Miria Simpson, Ngā tohu o te Tiriti: making a mark, National Library of New Zealand, Wellington, 1990, p. 39

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